KATHMANDU — Nepali language litterateur Indra Bahadur Rai,, whose contributions to Nepali literature are innumerable, passed away after a prolonged illness in Darjeeling district in the Indian state of West Bengal, on Tuesday evening. He was 93. He had fallen ill since the demise of his wife Maya Devi on August 27, 2017.
The famed writer was born on February 3, 1927 in Darjeeling. His first literary work ‘Bipana Katipaya’ was published in 1961. Though he finished his first novel ‘Aaja Ramita Chha’ in 1958, it was published only in 1964.
‘Aaja Ramita Chha’ was recently translated into English by writer Manjushree Thapa. The English translation of the book titled ‘There’s a Carnival Today’ was released in October last year. His last literary work was ‘Sampurak.’
Rai, who was honoured with doctorate degree last year by Tribhuvan University along with Ishwar Bhallav and Bairagi Kaila, added what is called ‘the third dimension’ to Nepali literature.
Rai was bestowed with the Sahitya Academy Award, Jagadambashree Award, among other awards, for his works. His body will be laid to rest on Thursday according to Rai tradition, family sources said.Follow @gorkhapost
NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education
KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.
Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.
On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.
Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.
Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.Follow @gorkhapost